Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks challenge returns

Last weekend an intrepid group of JBA colleagues, friends and family gathered in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, for the start of the JBA Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Challenge 2021

orkshire Dales Three Peaks signpostThe Three Peaks Challenge involves summiting the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in a single day. The route is 24 miles, involves 5200 ft of ascent and around 60,000 steps to complete.

Here at JBA, we set ourselves this challenge every year. However 2020 was the first summer in 20 years that we were unable to organise the event due to the lockdown restrictions in England.

To make up for the missing year, this time we had largest group to date!

Despite the early start at 7am, 33 participants took part at the weekend including 2 children, 3 dogs and 28 adults.

Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks collage

Colleagues joined the challenge from five different JBA offices – Newcastle, Leeds, Saltaire, Skipton and Warrington. Some joined for one peak, some for two and some completed the hat-trick. And those who summited Whernside were treated to a rare glimpse of the Flying Scotman steam train crossing the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

Flying Scotsman locomotive, Ribblehead, North Yorkshire

Andrew Gubbin, Director, told us more:

This year’s event was particularly memorable, as for many of us it’s the first time we’ve been able to reconnect with colleagues across a number of offices in the outdoors since 2019. We also had the greatest age range of any group –  and our newest recruit, who had only been with the company five days. It was fantastic to see so many take part in the challenge – and I’m reliably informed that our canine companions Max, Poppy and Lissie became good friends along the walk.

The Three Peaks certainly seemed higher and steeper than last time, confirmed by my FitBit which recorded 5,000 steps more than in previous years. It has been a great warm up for our Just Be Active campaign in starting in August. Thanks to everyone who came along at the weekend.

Just Be Active 2021 – Reconnecting

JBA’s annual campaign encouraging well-being and healthy living will take place throughout August this year. The focus of Just Be Active 2021 is RECONNECTING.

Reconnecting with colleagues, with friends, with family, with nature and the great outdoors, with a healthier life and healthier you.

This year we’re encouraging colleagues to join the conversation and share their stories around three themes: Just Be Active, Just Be Outdoors, Just Be Sustainable. So whichever way we choose to re-connect, we hope that everyone will enjoy our Just Be Active month.  Watch this space for updates!



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